How anti-atheist stigma affects the mental health of American nontheists

Jul 14, 2014 Full story: Religion News Service

This question is explored in a new collection of more than two dozen stories from American atheists, aptly titled Atheists in America .

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Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#1 Jul 22, 2014
I thought some might enjoy the comment I left on the site:

The need for community is real, but it doesn’t necessarily mean banding together to promote atheism in the same way that believers promote their faiths. I find my community support online through the atheist forum on Topix. Since it’s free and open to anyone, believers are present as well, but the interchanges between the nonbelievers are actually enhanced by that in a weird way. I also enjoy the “company” of others who like to write and, for the most part, do it well.

Local atheist meetings seem more haphazard. I only get to talk with one or two people, and there’s alway s a little pressure to move towards the kind of group action that repelled me when I was trying to live as a believer. Not everyone can give up “churchiness” along with faith.

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